How to Grow Wild Garlic

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How to Grow Wild Garlic
Wild garlic in the woods. (ABEL/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Wild garlic, also known as crow garlic, is a perennial herb that you can grow in your vegetable garden. Native to Europe and parts of Asia, wild garlic yields smaller bulbs than conventional garlic but has a similar taste. It can be used in cooking or even eaten raw. Wild garlic prefers to grow in large patches, but you can still have success growing a small amount near your house or in a vegetable garden. Before planting, pick a site that gets full sunlight and has well-drained soil.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wild garlic bulbs
  • Mulch
  • Shovel
  • Soybean meal
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Dig a hole where you want to plant the bulbs. Dig down at least 4 inches and add some soybean meal.

  2. 2

    Break apart the wild garlic bulbs into individual cloves. Plant the cloves with the root side facing down.

  3. 3

    Fill in the hole with dirt once all the cloves are planted. Cover with mulch to prevent weeds from growing in the freshly turned soil.

  4. 4

    Water the area at least one time per week. As the seedlings come up, mist them gently with water as well.

Tips and warnings

  • Like conventional garlic, wild garlic can help people keep their blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels under control.
  • Planting with bulbs is better than using seeds since it will produce garlic much faster.

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